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as well as many other popular guitar styles

Slide guitar can be found and played in any style of music but most commonly is used in blues, folk and country music.

 Slide guitar is the common name for sliding objects on the strings of your fingers rather than your fingers. Originally the back of a pocket knife was used as well as small aspirin bottles. Today those options are formalized as commercially available 'slides’. Basically cylindrical objects made of hard substances like glass and steel. Our preferred slide is the “Mudslide”. This is made of laboratory grade earthenware.

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The slide acts like a fret on the other side of the string, stopping the string length. We don’t press the slide like we do with our fingers. We place the slide against the strings hard enough to get the notes to ring but not so much that the strings touch the frets.

 

The slide can be cupped in your hand though most players will put their finger inside the slide

Slide can be played on acoustic or electric guitars. It can be played strictly with a flat pick but finger or hybrid right hand techniques are more stylistically correct. We can use the slide to play chords, fills and solos.

Because the slide doesn’t use the frets we need to be very cautious of playing in tune.

Beyond that, slide playing fits into a few categories:

  1. Standard tuned guitars
  2. Open tuned guitars
  3. Dobro guitars
  4. Lap Steel
  5. Pedal steel guitars

A standard tuned guitar is just the name we give normally tuned guitars. This is a nice option as we don’t need to learn any new chord or scale shapes. We also can just play our regular guitar and just pull out the slide when we need it with no need to re-tune the guitar.

 

Open tuned guitars are standard guitars tuned so all the strings played open are a chord to themselves. Typical tunings are open G, DADGAD for acoustic guitars and open E and A for electric. Acoustic guitars respond better to the ‘down’ tunings while electrics seem to fare better with the ‘up’ tunings. Though there are no hard and fast rules.

 

Dobro guitars (AKA resonator guitars). We have also seen them referred to as ‘hip-hop’ guitars because some hip hop guy held one in a video. But we all know there are few, if any musical instruments used in hip hop or rap (let alone open tuned slide guitar).

 

Dobro guitars are instruments that are typically setup with an open tuning and played flat on your lap. But as there are no rules; they can be played traditionally.

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Lap steel guitars are 6 string instruments but come in 7 or 8 string versions. They are almost always electric and, despite the name, are sometimes played on stands.

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 They have a few popular tunings but all of them are open tunings. There is no way to play these in the traditional guitar manner and must be played with a slide.

 

Pedal Steel Guitar.

Although very far from traditional guitar and nothing we teach here, but we have included it here because of its sheer coolness.

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The pedal steel or harmony guitar is built similar to the lap steel can come in 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 string configurations as well as double neck versions. They start with open tunings but have pedals that, when depressed, alter the tunings of individual strings.

 

While we don’t teach lap or pedal steel we can show you how to play slide guitar on your traditional acoustic or electric guitar.

 

Music Lessons Winnipeg
River Heights School of Music
2nd Floor of the Tuxedo Park Shopping Center (Safeway, Starbucks)
202-2025 Corydon Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba.
R3P 0N5
204-487-3664
info@riverheightsmusicschool.com



































































































































Music Lessons Winnipeg
River Heights School of Music
2nd Floor of the Tuxedo Park Shopping Center (Safeway, Starbucks)
202-2025 Corydon Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba.
R3P 0N5
204-487-3664
info@riverheightsmusicschool.com


























































Music Lessons Winnipeg
River Heights School of Music
2nd Floor of the Tuxedo Park Shopping Center (Safeway, Starbucks)
202-2025 Corydon Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba.
R3P 0N5
204-487-3664
info@riverheightsmusicschool.com